From 9000 miles away, I hope readers will forgive me for making two observations about the Kenosha shooting of Jacob Blake.
(1) I don’t know for sure about American Police recruitment practices, but the old fashioned requirement here was that Police had to be Six feet tall or more and of a fitness and demeanour that was intimidating. Potential offenders knew that they were unlikely to be unscathed if they decided to argue with a member – that is without firearms.
Those requirements were modified many years ago to cater for “gender equality”. While fitness standards are still very high, there is nothing very intimidating about a five foot something police person. This has led to more than one offender deciding to argue and in the case linked below an irate female anti – masker allegedly smashing the head of a female police person into a concrete pavement several times before she was subdued.
Folks, over here, in my opinion, this is going to end in more Police shootings because other options, like physically subduing an offender are no longer available. My guess is that occupational health and safety considerations may eventually lead to higher physical police standards.
And Jacob Blake? Why wasn’t he flat on the ground within seconds of deciding to argue with a Police officer? He walked unimpeded around the car, with a Policeman scuttling behind him pathetically clutching at his shirt tail, then he appeared to reach in to his car – for what?
(2) There are reports in the media, complete with video and sound, of various citizens of Kenosha allegedly firing warning shots to deter arsonists, rioters and looters. There are also allegedly video and sound of rioters threatening white property owners.
I am concerned that at some stage a potential victim is going to decide, rightly or wrongly, that enough is enough. They will shoot to kill and depending on their capabilities and the situation, a new tragedy will unfold. I don’t know enough to judge the temper of the community but the current situation has a number of outcomes that are not going to be pleasant for the black community or the protesting groups. I am reminded of the anti – Chinese riots in the Australian goldfields from 1857 – 1861.
What can be done to defuse the situation?